Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa on Friday opened the newly constructed Ntcheu Bus Depot with a renewed commitment to investing in more infrastructure projects to improve services that councils offer to their customers.
The bus depot project was financed through the Urban Window of the Local Development Fund (LDF) with financial assistance from German Development Group (KfW).
The minister said the opening of the depot demonstrated government’s commitment to ensuring that motorists, particularly those from Ntcheu and surrounding areas, have access to a convenient and modern bus depot.
Said Nankhumwa: “Government is committed to ensuring that its citizenry has an opportunity to utilise better and modern facilities as part of its rural development drive.
“A number of such economic and revenue boosting infrastructures are being put up across the country through various programmes, including the KfW funding to LDF’s Urban Window.”
He said construction of modern bus depots is part of the Integrated Rural Development Strategy, which government is championing to promote revenue generation in councils.
“It is pleasing to note that some of the councils have already started being responsive and are coming up with proposals to boost revenue generation in their areas of jurisdiction. This bus depot is one of such an example and I would like to congratulate the council and its secretariat for the brilliant proposal which they submitted to LDF,” he mused.
LDF head of development communications Booker Matemvu said K190 million was spent on the project, which has a carrying capacity of up to 105 buses serving about 4 300 passengers and predominantly covering parts of Central and Southern regions.
In a related development, Nankhumwa on Saturday opened Sadzi Modern Market in Zomba.
He described the infrastructure as another landmark in government’s quest to ensure that development in the country is taking place.
“This market will also afford buyers an opportunity to buy various goods from one purposely built facility,” he said